LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams will be without starting tight end Tyler Higbee and backup offensive lineman Joe Noteboom in Super Bowl LVI as both players were placed on injured reserve Friday.
The team activated running back Darrell Henderson and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day off IR in corresponding moves.
Higbee was the Rams’ most significant injury question mark for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals, though his chances of playing never looked good as he had yet to practice since spraining his MCL in the NFC Championship Game.
Noteboom (chest) was listed as a limited participant Thursday, his only practice of the last two weeks.
With Higbee and Noteboom on IR, every player on the Rams’ 53-man roster was listed as a full participant Friday.
Higbee caught 61 passes (second on the team) for 560 yards (third) and five touchdowns (tied for third) in 15 regular-season games. He played 14 snaps in the conference title game against the San Francisco 49ers, catching two passes for 18 yards, before leaving with his knee injury. Backup Kendall Blanton caught five passes for 57 yards in the Rams’ 20-17 win over San Francisco. Blanton scored a touchdown in the Rams’ divisional-round win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Source: ESPN NFL